Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for Train to Somewhere

Use Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting to strengthen your students comprehension skills, build their vocabulary, and help them understand how words work.

This is the story of an orphan named Marianne who is riding an orphan train west from New York City at the turn of the 20th century. Marianne's mother left her at an orphanage to find a better home, and despite her promises, she hasn't returned for Marianne. Marianne longs for her mom and a new family at every stop the train makes, but she finds neither. Then, she arrives in a town named Somewhere. Use Train to Somewhere with more sophisticated readers who need practice applying strategies like making inferences, identifying author messages, and determining importance to fully comprehend text.

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The cover for the book Train to Somewhere
Title: Train to Somewhere
Author: Eve Bunting
Genre: Historical Fiction
Themes: History, Adventure, Family
ISBN: 9780395713259
Publisher's Summary:
Marianne, heading west with fourteen other children on an Orphan Train, is sure her mother will show up at one of the stations along the way. When her mother left Marianne at the orphanage, hadn't she promised she'd come for her after making a new life in the West? Stop after stop goes by, and there's no sign of her mother in the crowds that come to look over the children. No one shows any interest in adopting shy, plain Marianne, either. But that's all right: She has to be free for her mother to claim her. Then the train pulls into its final stop, a town called Somewhere . . .
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